We oppose Trump’s state visit and commit ourselves to one of the biggest demonstrations in UK history, to make very clear to our government, and to the world, that this is not in our name.
Donald Trump’s presidency is turning out to be every bit as dangerous and divisive as we feared. The rhetoric of his campaign and his early executive orders have sparked a wave of fear and hatred. Those who are often already marginalised and discriminated against – especially Muslims and migrants – have been particular targets for Trump.
Trump directly threatens steps towards tackling climate change, fighting discrimination, inequality, peace and disarmament. At the very moment when the world needs more solidarity, more cooperation and a greater commitment to justice, he proposes to build walls and wants to turn us against each other.
We are dismayed and shocked by the attempt of the British government to normalise Trump’s agenda. People in Britain never voted for this. It is our duty as citizens to speak out. We oppose this state visit to the UK and commit ourselves to one of the biggest demonstrations in British history, to make very clear to our government, and to the world, that this is not in our name.
Owen Jones, Brian Eno, Lily Allen, Dan Howell @DanIsNotOnFire, Frankie Boyle, Akala, Omid Djalili, Paloma Faith, Caitlin Moran, Paul Mason, Shappi Khorsandi, Gary Younge, Bianca Jagger Council of Europe goodwill ambassador, Mhairi Black MP, Clive Lewis MP, Caroline Lucas MP, David Lammy MP, Leanne Wood Leader, Plaid Cymru, Hywel Williams MP, Rushanara Ali MP, Shabana Mahmood MP, Ed Miliband MP, Tim Farron MP, Tulip Siddiq MP, Claude Moraes MEP, Frances O’Grady TUC general secretary, Dave Prentis Unison general secretary, Tim Roache GMB general secretary, Matt Wrack FBU general secretary, Mick Cash RMT general secretary, Malia Bouattia NUS president, Michelle Stanistreet NUJ general secretary, Kevin Courtney NUT general secretary, Sally Hunt UCU general secretary, Manuel Cortes TSSA general secretary, Christine Blower President, European Trade Union Comittee for Education, Paul Mackney Former UCU general secretary, Asad Rehman Friends of the Earth, Nick Dearden Global Justice Now, Kate Hudson CND, Luke Cooper Another Europe is Possible, Hilary Wainwright Red Pepper, Mohammed Ateek Syria Solidarity Campaign, Bruce Kent Pax Christi, Andrew Burgin Left Unity, Marina Prentoulis Syriza (UK), Sirio Canós Donnay Podemos (London), Olly Alexander, Michael Chessum Campaigner and journalist, Andrea Pisauro Sinistra Ecologia Libertà, Nicolo Milanese European Alternatives, Prof Mary Kaldor, Salma Yaqoob, Neal Lawson Compass, Talha Ahmed Muslim Council of Britain, Michael Collins Right to Remain, Adam Klug Momentum, Emma Rees Momentum, Zoe Gardner Refugee rights campaigner, Fizza Qureshi Migrants Rights Network, Salman Shaheen Journalist, Gracie Mae Bradley Against Borders for Children, Jerome Phelps Detention Action